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Diesel Economics 102: More Buyers Choosing Diesels

Diesel Economics 102: More Buyers Choosing Diesels

A new analysis by The Diesel Driver shows that diesel sales are not only on the upswing but, in some cases, are exceeding those of the petrol-powered equivalent model
In Diesel Economics 101, we looked at the price points for diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S.  In Diesel Economics 102, we analyze …

BMW and VW Diesels Among Top Green Cars for 2010

BMW and VW Diesels Among Top Green Cars for 2010

Two diesel-powered autos, the BMW 335d and the Volkswagen Golf TDI, were among the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) Top 10 Green Cars for 2010.
The staff at KBB didn’t simply pick the 10 cars with the best fuel economy.  Rather, they also looked at CO2 emissions, safety, features, and driving enjoyment.  …

Volkswagen Golf TDI Review

Volkswagen Golf TDI Review

The Volkswagen Golf, launched as the Rabbit in the United States, has been in the VW lineup since 1974, introduced as the front-wheel-drive replacement for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle (Käfer).   The name Golf is derived from the German word for the Gulf Stream, in keeping with the company’s convention of …

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel Economics 101

Diesel (as well as gasoline-electric hybrid) automobiles are typically sold at a higher price point than their petrol-only counterparts with the difference typically being several thousand dollars.
For example, the BMW 335d’s list price is $43,950 while a similarly-equipped 335i is $41,975.  The diesel-powered BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle (BMW parlance …

BMW X5 xDrive35d Review

BMW X5 xDrive35d Review

BMW carefully selected the 3er Series sedan and X5 SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle, BMW parlance for SUV) as the flagships of the BMW Advanced Diesel line. It doesn’t take long to understand the company’s logic after spending time behind the wheel of either car.
While the 335d is the embodiment …

BMW and VW Diesels Among 10 Best Engines for 2010

BMW and VW Diesels Among 10 Best Engines for 2010

Two clean-diesel engines were among the ten best engines for 2010, as selected by Ward’s, an automotive news and data provider.
Six editors from Ward’s nominated a total of 34 engines available in regular production cars in the United States priced no more than $54,000.
The two diesel winners were BMW, for …

First Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

First Drive: Volkswagen Jetta TDI

On a round-trip to Philadelphia from New York City for a meeting, the Jetta averaged 43 mpg on the highway (with speeds ranging from 55 to 80 mph).  The Jetta provided a steady supply of power with just a hint of turbo lag and its torque made passing easy.
The easiest …